December 28, 2017 |  written by IVX Health

Start the New Year Right with Effective Goals

If you’re anything like us, 2017 has flown by.  And that means it’s time to review the year’s achievements and areas for improvement and to set new goals for the coming year.  Read on for our tips on setting effective goals for 2018.

Make Your Goals SMART

You’ve probably heard this acronym for goal-setting characteristics before, but let’s review.

  • Specific: Goals should be precise — “I want to exercise 4 times a week” vs. “I want to exercise more.”
  • Measurable: Goals should have metrics attached — “I want to drink 64 ounces of water a day” vs. “I want to drink more water.”
  • Attainable: It’s good to push yourself, but you want to set goals that are actually achievable — “I want to complete a Couch to 5K running program in 3 months” vs. “I want to run a marathon in 3 months even though I haven’t even gone for a walk in the past two weeks.”
  • Relevant: Think about what you want your life to look like, and set goals that help you bring that vision to reality.
  • Time-Bound: Set goals with a starting point and an endpoint.

Using SMART as a guide can help you set more effective goals.

Try One Word

Choosing a single word for your overarching theme for a year can give you laser focus to achieve your goals.  Spend some time meditating on what you did well in 2017 and what you’d like to do better in 2018.  Find a thread that runs through it, and choose a single word to represent what you want out of yourself in the coming year.  If you feel overwhelmed with a method like SMART, this can be a good way to get yourself pointed in the right direction without so much pressure.

Find a Team

No matter what your goals, finding a team of like-minded individuals can help you achieve more.  Partners in goal-setting help provide accountability, encouragement, troubleshooting, and optimism.  Whether you enlist some friends, find an online community, or an in-person support group, finding teammates to go on the journey with you in 2018 will set you up for success.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.